Online Assessments will soon be here (Monday 18th May to Friday 5th June 2020) and we want to help you feel as prepared as possible for them. Usually this time of year we are supporting you with a Revision Central campaign but, this being a year like no other, we are bringing out the big guns to combine two campaigns, and will also be including all the great support from our Keep Calm and Submit campaign!

Preparing for your online assessment

Assessments can be a daunting part of university life, and it is only natural that you will want to perform at your very best. When it comes to revision there are no right or wrongs, so you might find what works for your course mates doesn’t work for you.

Before lockdown our Student Advisors created this video for you with lots of great revision study tips that work for them – take a look to discover if any could also work for you!

LS Student Advisors Ready, Set, Revise Tips – filmed on campus March 2020

There is lots more advice and guidance available on the UniSkills Exam Preparation webpages, but we’ve pulled out some good starting points for you below:

  • Clearly mark the date, time and essential details of how you’re being assessed in your diary or calendar.
  • Speak with your tutor well in advance if you are unsure of what to expect or to clarify any content you do not understand.
  • Set some SMART Goals to help you visualise what you want to achieve but also take time to reflect on your achievements so far, look how far you’ve come!
  • Take a look at our Exam Preparation Checklist to help develop your unique revision intentions to keep you motivated.
  • During a busy assessment period, it is important to take some time out of your day to relax, read more about maintaining a good study-life balance in our Top Tips for Studying Off Campus blog.
  • There are lots of revision tools and techniques you can try – read more about these in our Effective Tools & Techniques guide to discover which ones work best for you.
  • We know that this round of assessments will be different, so if you need some extra guidance take a look at our Getting Online Assessment Ready blog for lots of great advice.
  • This is a great life tip in general, but ensure you get a good night’s sleep and eat a brain-fuelling breakfast on the morning of your assessment.

Another great way to prepare for your online assessment would be to complete our UniSkills Online Assessment Toolkit. In here you will find lots more advice, tips, videos and even an online assessment checklist quiz!

Accessing Help & Support

Even though you cannot physically see us right now, there is still lots of help and support available to you online:

  • Visit our webpages for lots of useful guidance when accessing technology at home for learning and assessment.
  • Read your online submission assessment guide before your assessment date to make sure you are ready to submit!
    • Time Limited Assessment Paper Submission
    • Time Limited Assessment Handwritten Submission
    • Timed Blackboard Online Test
    • Video Submission
  • You can continue to access academic skills support online – visit the UniSkills webpages for more info.
  • If you need any technical assistance, experience any technical problems or would just like some guidance on how to set up your technology in an optimum way for your assessment then help is available by contacting the Catalyst Helpdesk virtually via email or live chat.

So remember, we are here for you if you need us and wish you all the very best with your upcoming assessments – you’ve got this guys!